Perspectives on History, Fall, 2006/ 509:299:01


Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8-9:20, Robeson 203

Professor Woll

awoll@camden or 225-6671

Student emails for this class 

Assigned books:

Benjamin, A Student’s Guide to History 

Neil Baldwin, Inventing the Century

Cohen and Rosenzweig, Digital History

Our archives for this course:

September 5-7


Begin reading Inventing the Century  (This book should be completed by October 19)

(7)  Studying Primary Sources: 

Go here, and do the student lesson

Do items 1-5 at the bottom of the page--You do not have to do the "Mindwalk" Activity unless you wish to

September 12-14

(12)  Read Digital History, 1-3

(14)  Letters and Diaries

September 19-21 (19)  "Getting Prepared:  How to Write a Research Paper"-- begin reading Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History,  Chs. 1-3

Oral History
September 26-28 (26)  Library Sessions – I

Read Digital History, 4-6

Proposal due on October 5

Library Session II--using the Internet

Continue reading Benjamin, 4-6 & complete Digital History

Your research paper assignment for the course

October 3-5

(3) History on the Web:  Thoughts and Considerations 
See:   The Chicago Fire
and Martha Ballard's Diary Online

Web evaluations due in class

(5)  American Popular Song

Proposal Due

Prepare bibliography (see assignment) for submission on October 12.  Follow the assignment carefully or you will be asked to rewrite your work.

October 10-12

(10)  Films

(12)  No on bibliography

October 17-19

(17)  Bibliography Due

(19) "Organizing the Paper"

October 24-26

(24)  TEST I  (in-class today, and take-home question on Inventing the Century passed out for delivery on the 26th)

(26) Take Home portion due

October 31-Nov 1

(31)  Student Appointments

(1)    Student Appointments

Nov 7-9

(7)  Student Appointments

(9)  "Preparing the Draft"

Nov  14-16

(14)  Planning for the rest of the semester

Outlines due:  Please email or hand-in

(16) Student Appointments

If you would like me to evaluate a first draft of your work, hand it in on the morning of the 21st.  I will provide general suggestions which you can incorporate in your final version due on December

How to format your paper Chicago Style?


November 21

(21) Individual Appointments with students

 (23)  Thanksgiving

December 5-7

(5-7)  Work on Your Papers & Individual Appointments with students

December 12

(12)  Papers due in class at 8:00 am. 

Penalties will be given for late papers [see below]


1. One  test:  October 24-26 --  200 points

2.  Web Evaluation  (October 3)--100 points

3.  Class Participation (Quality)  100 Points

4.  Final  Paper (December 12)   200 Points

Includes in total:

a.  Proposal (October 5)  (25 points on acceptance)

b.  Bibliography (October 12) (25 points)

c.  Outline  (November 14) (25 points)

d.  Footnote Format on Final Paper (25 points)

Each item (a-d) must be successfully completed to receive a grade on the paper (and, consequently, a grade in the course).  If an item is not completed successfully, a 'R' grade (rewrite) will be given until the task is completed.

5. Attendance and Preparation*  100 Points

*  For every three absences   -10
*  For every three late arrivals   - 5
*  Lack of preparation for class discussion  - 5
*  Work handed in late    -10   (for each 24 hours)


A working bibliography is due in class on October 12.  This is designed to allow me to make suggestions on the progress of your work.

The working bibliography should be divided into five parts:

I.    Books that explore the context of the issue you are discussing. These books should have been published after 1990 and have been written by professional historians (at least 10)

II.   Journal articles that consider the topic you are discussing.  (10)

III.  Primary sources you will consult in the researching of your paper (10)

IV.  Articles from the New York Times related to your subject from the period you are considering  (10)

V.  Other relevant Web sites--excluding The Library of Congress and the Rutgers Edison site (5)

Do not panic because of the numbers above!   This exercise is designed to help you begin your research.  You may not necessarily read --or even use--all the works cited.  Yet, consulting them will help you begin your research process.

For information on proper bibliographic form, consult Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History

You may also consult the following excellent website:

guidance on Chicago footnote style, or:

This pages provides guidance for both footnote and bibliography syle.  Make sure you are using the correct one.  See Directory to /Chicago/ notes and bibliography entries (pick one to see its explanation).  Click on the drop down box, and it will find the appropriate format.